Posted by Michael Giannelli on 11/08 at 02:48 AM
In a career that has spanned almost four decades, Keb’ Mo’ has carved out his place in the history of blues performers. Born in South Central Los Angeles in 1951, Kevin Moore became Keb’ Mo’ early in his recording career, continuing the tradition of nicknamed bluesmen.
While still singing about the troubles of love and life, Keb’ Mo’ never seems to end up in the bottom of a whiskey bottle. His particular brand of blues is unique in that it keeps true to his musical influences but sends a message that is steeped in optimism.
Keb’ Mo’s style crosses a wide platform of genres including rock, folk, and jazz. However, the prime roots of his guitar work come from the Mississippi Delta, and it is when he reverts back to these roots that his subtle greatness truly shows.
Keb’ Mo’s work has been rewarded with three Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album as well as several other nominations. In 2003, he was included in Martin Scorsese’s movie “Feel Like Going Home.”
Keb’ Mo’ has become an ambassador of the blues, carrying the torch from the artists that came before him and who inspired his name.
• Keb’ Mo’ is playing at the State Theatre Monday, November 9 @ 8pm.
• Tickets are $44 and all ages are welcome.
Author: Michael Giannelli
Bio: Mike Giannelli is a senior at Penn State majoring in Telecommunications. Some of his hobbies include playing the guitar, playing and watching sports, reading on occasion, listening to music, and taking road trips. He listens to all types of music but mainly rock and roll, blues and rap. His favorite bands include The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The White Stripes and The Strokes just to name a few. In addition, Mike Giannelli wrote this biography referring to himself in the third person.
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